Job Description - Junior Coach
Coolbinia West Perth Junior Cricket Club
Coolbinia West Perth Junior Cricket Club

Job Description for Junior Coach for Coolbinia Junior Cricket Club

Job Description:      Junior/Youth Coach



To provide an enjoyable and safe sporting experience for an assigned group of players while they learn individual and team cricket skills, sportsmanship and fair play.



  • Attend registration day(s) and most Club functions
  • Establish and conduct an appropriate training program for your team
  • Preside over team activities including all scheduled team practices and games
  • Instruct players in skill development, safety, rules, fair play and sportsmanship
  • Enter weekly scores on My Cricket by given deadlines (or assign someone to undertake task)
  • Be responsible for club equipment
  • Liaise with parents on their child’s participation and progress
  • Attend committee meetings and update team progress
  • Represent the club in a responsible and appropriate manner


Attributes/Qualifications required:

  • Willingness to commit time to one training session and game-day each week
  • Ability to communicate with the club's committee and parents
  • Aptitude to represent the club and your team responsibly and in a sportsmanlike manner throughout the season
  • Have a general understanding of My Cricket rules applying to your clubs local district
  • Proven cricket background (not essential)
  • Hold Working With Children Card (essential)
  • Hold Level 1 Coaching Accreditation (or be prepared to attend course at Club’s expense)
  • Hold a current First Aid Certificate (not essential) 


Most junior coaches reluctantly fall into the role of coaching their child's team and discover that it gives them more energy, enthusiasm and drive in other areas of their life.

We are a community club and coaching is a fun community parenting activity to help bring our next generation through as great members of society. 

You need 5 things to be a great Coach

1. Turn Up

2. Turn Up on Time

3. A mental or written plan of how you want to run a training session

4. Get along with other people and be encouraging of all players and parents.

5. Willingness to learn and give things a go.




Great Article on Coaching 




Prepared by David Hawkins.

Field setup

Pitch is 16 metres long from stump to stump, with a crease of 1.2m at both end.

All bowling is done from one end, which is generally the end where the stumps are brought forward from the normal pitch to make 16m.

The field is meant to be 40m, measured from the batting end wickets.

Each team has a gazebo which is to be set up for the scorers if you are the home team, otherwise it is used for the boys when batting. If another parent has a gazebo it is good to bring them to home games for the boys.

I tend to also take a small table for the scorers to use.

We aim to get to the ground around 30 minutes before the game starts to set the field up (takes less than 15 minutes) and then start the boys warm up.

Parent helpers

We try to run a parent roster to help out at each game.

The following roles are required for most games:

  1. Scorer (there needs to be one scorer for each team). At this age it doesn’t have to be perfect.


  1. Field set-up- helps to get the field set up including the gazebo and if you are the home team you also need to complete the ground checklist for insurance. There is an app called the “Marsh Cricket Australia National Club Risk Protection programme” which needs to be used. It takes about 2 minutes to complete.


  1. Batting prep- a parent to help the next couple of batsmen to get ready and be padded up and then throw a couple of balls to them to get their eyes in. You tend to have two batsmen padded up ready to go at all times, so when the number of balls faced are completed and the player comes off and the new one goes in, you start preparing the next in line.


  1. Fruit- some teams runs a roster for this and other just let each child bring their own fruit etc, That one is up to you


  1. Umpire- tends to be the coach. Speak with the other coach but generally you umpire at the bowlers end for the whole 20 overs when your team are bowling and then you umpire at square leg when your team is batting. This works as all the bowling is done from one end and you can organise your bowlers better this way.


General game rules

Games are 20 over each side.

There are no lbw or (stumpings- this might change this year), so generally only batsmens “get out” by being bowled, caught or run out.

All batsmen and keepers must wear helmets when batting and keeping.

Association has a no hat no play rule so all fielders must wear a hat.

Fielders are also meant to be at least 15 metres from the bat, to allow for kids to get more runs

You need to nominate the team the night before the game using the “mycricket” app or website. We can help with this until you have a mycricket admin id etc, which needs to be arrange through the club.

Subject to whether scoring is being done via the app or in the manual scorebook, the home team also needs to put the scores into mycricket as well. After the scores are entered into you can then enter the individual player stats like the runs they scored and their bowling figures etc. We can sit down with you to show you how this is done.



Each child is to receive the same amount of balls, so if 8 players play they all get 15 balls each. If seven play, they get 17 balls each with one batsmen getting 18. If nine play, 6 will get 13 balls and 3 will get 14 balls. The scorers will track this and ask them to advise when there is two balls left to face by each batsmen.

Wides and no balls are not rebowled so there is always only six balls bowled per over, so a no-ball or wide counts as ball faced by the batsmen. However, if they hit a no-ball or wide they get a run for the no-ball or wide plus the amount of runs as well, so if they a hit a four off a no-ball they get 5 runs.

With the batting order, it is recommended to keep the same order of batting but each week they move one down the order, i.e.

Week one

Week two

Child 1

Child 9

Child 2

Child 1

Child 3

Child 2

Child 4

Child 3

Child 5

Child 4

Child 6

Child 5

Child 7

Child 6

Child 8

Child 7

Child 9

Child 8


After a couple of weeks, you may wish to slightly change the order if you have some boys that are stronger at calling runs, so that you have a strong caller with a quieter one, evenly spreadout.

Then around the middle of the season perhaps move the order around again so the first 4/5 players bat with boys they haven’t batted with previously.

Generally when a player gets out, you swap the two batsmen in the middle over so the person who just got out goes to the non-striker end. The boys can get out multiple times, with no runs deducted from the batting team but the bowling team gets 4 runs added to their batting score for each wicket taken.


Bowling, fielding and keeping

The aim is to try and give each child the same amount of overs, over a two week period. If eight players play, four boys will get three overs and four boys will get two overs each (with two of these boys being the keepers). So the following week, you swap over the boys who bowled three overs to bowl two overs and vice versa.

You are also required to have two different keepers per game, so normally after ten overs, you have a quick drinks break and swap over keepers.

The boys bowl six balls per over, no matter how many wides or no-balls are bowled. Generally a no-ball is called if the ball is bowled above waist height without bouncing, if the ball bounces more than two times before reaching the batsmen (discretion can be made on this) or if the ball is bowled wide and doesn’t hit the pitch. Wides are generally called if they are too wide for the batsmen to be hit. Before each game it is best to speak to the other coach about what they consider a wide down the leg side, just so that both teams are consistent.

Below is an example of how I arrange the bowling and fielding position when there are eight players playing



Starting fielding position


Child 1- three overs



Child 2- three overs

Mid on


Child 3 (second keeper)

Square leg


Child 4- three overs



Child 5- three overs

Off the field


Child 6- two overs



Child 7- two overs

Mid off


Child 1- three overs



Child 2- three overs



Child 3- two overs



Child 8 (first keeper)



Child 4- three overs



Child 5- three overs



Child 6- two overs



Child 7- two overs



Child 1- three overs



Child 2- three overs



Child 8- two overs



Child 4- three overs



Child 5- three overs



After each over apart from the keeper, the boys move around in a clockwise position with cover going off the field and the player who is off then goes to point/gully. This always assumes that the scorers and everything is set up on the offside. At the drinks break, there is a slight adjustment in that the player at mid-off goes off and the player off goes to cover, due to the change of the keeper who needs to bowl the 11th over.

I tend to keep an excel spreadsheet of the batting and bowling order, so that I can print two copies out for game day, which I give one copy of each batting/ bowling order to give to the scorer for the day. I then give the other batting order copy to the parent helping with batting prep and I keep the bowling one on the field with me so I can remember the order. This is probably an overkill but it keeps me sane.

Technically, you are not meant to have a fielder at long on behind the keeper but you will note that some teams do this. I also tend to have more fielders on the off side but you can put more players on the on side if you like.